In April 2017, Saving Lives Initiatives (SLI) facilitated a return trip Sierra Leone to conduct surgeries at the Kabala Government Hospital in Kabala Town and the Princess Christian Maternity Hospital (PCMH) in Freetown. During this mission where 70 surgeries were successfully conducted within seven operating days. The volunteer team of 15 medical personnel was headed by surgeons Dr. Frank Collins and Dr. Nadim Hawa (OB/GYN).
The medical mission was conducted between the period of March 21st through April 4th 2017. The mission was divided into two phases, the first phase was a session at the PCMH and the Anesthesia Training School in Freetown and conducted within the first 3 days of the mission from March 23rd through March 25th. The team then undertook the 5 hour journey to the town of Kabala on the March 26th to start the second phase. The second phase at the Kabala Government Hospital was conducted from March 27th through March 31st.
In April 2016, SLI embarked on our maiden medical mission to the Kabala Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. This hospital is the only referral hospital for the then Koinadugu District whose healthcare needs are served by only two general practitioner doctors with no surgeon on staff.
The medical mission was conducted from April 7 through April 18, 2016 with activities that include conducting surgeries in direct collaboration with the hospital staff, hands on training of local medical staff on pre-operative preparation, post op recovery and donation of medical supplies & equipment to the Kabala Hospital.
The 15-man volunteer team comprised of twelve medical professionals headed by surgeons Ralph Salvagno MD and Frank Collins MD. The volunteer medical team in collaboration with resident hospital medical staff performed 72 surgeries within 5 operating days. The type of surgeries performed include but not limited to exploratory laparotomy, hernia repairs, hydrocelectomies, closed and open reduction internal fixations and subtotal thyroidectomies.